- Wing faces long lay-off after damaging foot ligaments against London Irish
- “We saw what he is capable of in the first Test against Argentina last summer and he has a bright future ahead of him” – Stuart Lancaster
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London Wasps wing Christian Wade faces up to six months on the sidelines following an injury to his foot sustained in last weekend’s game against London Irish.
The 22 year-old will have surgery to repair significant ligament damage to his mid-foot area.
London Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “It is devastating news for both the player and the club. Christian was hugely unlucky to miss out on being capped this autumn with England and he had hoped to push on and put in some good performances for Wasps to get him in contention for Six Nations selection.
“It is a huge blow for him but he is a young player with a huge future and his time will come around again.”
Wade was joint-top try-scorer in the Aviva Premiership last season, crossing the line 13 times to join clubmate Tom Varndell at the top of the charts.
Subsequently called into the England squad to tour South America, he made a huge impression on his senior international debut in the first Test against Argentina in Salta, playing a major role in three first-half scores for Stuart Lancaster's side.
To cap a phenomenal rise, he was then called into the British and Irish Lions party as injury cover, and although he was restricted to a single appearance in the loss to the Brumbies, there were signs he was building on that experience.
Indeed, five more tries this season – bringing his career tally to 28 in 45 Premiership matches – put Wade in contention for a QBE International place before more injury woe struck.